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ISO 22000: Food safety management system certification

Establish Best Practices in Food Safety.

LRQA is a market leader in the delivery of ISO 22000 Food safety management - an established and highly-respected standard for food safety. Having helped develop ISO 22000, our technical experts now audit the best-known food businesses across the globe.

ISO 22000 certification is vital for businesses of any size that want to demonstrate they can effectively manage and control food safety hazards and follow best-practice when it comes to food safety. 

ISO 22000 services

Our ISO 22000 Food Safety Management System Services

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Expand your knowledge of ISO 22000 with our range of courses that have been designed for varying levels of experience and learning styles.

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An optional service where one of our expert auditors helps you identify any weak areas or non-conformities prior to your formal ISO 22000 audit. 

Accredited certification

An independent two-phase approach that provides a clear statement of your capabilities. Accredited certification helps you build trust with stakeholders and win new business.

Why work with us?

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Local & global expertise

Our presence spans across the globe, ensuring a local touch and a uniform commitment to excellence through our network of highly skilled auditors. Our team consists of technical specialists with extensive expertise in food safety.

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Flexible delivery

Our ISO 22000 training and certification services can be delivered on-site or remotely using safe and secure technology. Our remote delivery methods ensure the same high-quality service with several added benefits, including flexibility, fast delivery, and access to global expertise.

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Beyond compliance

LRQA's technical experts helped develop ISO 22000, giving an unparalleled understanding of the standard, which enables us to deliver tangible benefits. Furthermore, our assessors are industry specialists whom we match with your business needs, enabling an efficient audit of your system.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is ISO 22000?

    ISO 22000 is an internationally recognised standard for food safety management systems. ISO 22000 provides a framework for food safety management which helps organisations identify and control food safety hazards. ISO 22000 covers the food supply chain, from farm to fork, and can be applied to any organisation involved within the food industry.

  • What are the benefits of ISO 22000?

    The benefits of ISO 22000 are:

    Competitive advantage

    Certification against one of the leading standards in your sector, such as ISO 22000 sets you apart from your competition.

    Continual improvement

    Improve communications and processes around food safety throughout your organisation and drive continual optimisation across your supply chain.

    New business opportunities

    Food safety certification opens the door to new partnerships with the many organisations that require certification to ISO 22000.

    Customer confidence

    Protect your brand and earn customer trust by proving the integrity of your production programmes and supply chain management.

    Employee engagement

    ISO 22000 has a renewed focus on employee engagement, which is of critical importance when driving a food safety culture across your organisation.

    Time and cost reductions

    Annex SL introduces an integrated approach to managing multiple management systems, allowing you to treat all systems as a single entity.

  • How long does ISO 22000 certification last?

    Once approved, certification is valid for three years subject to effective system maintenance demonstrated through the annual surveillance programme.

  • How much does ISO 22000 certification cost?

    The cost of ISO 22000 certification varies depending on multiple factors such as the size of the organisation, the organisation structure, and the scope of the certification. Contact us to request a quote based on your specific needs.

  • What is the typical ISO 22000 certification process?

    The path your organisation takes to achieve ISO 22000 certification depends on your business's level of maturity in food safety, amongst other factors. But the typical process to get ISO 22000 certified includes three main steps.

    • Stage 1 Audit – document review and planning: Your auditor will review the design and documentation of your management system.
    • Stage 2 Audit – evaluating your implementation: Your auditor will assess the implementation and effectiveness of your management system in line with the requirements of ISO 22000. If there are no major non-conformities, you’ll receive your certification. This stage can be carried out partly remotely or on-site.
    • Stage 3 - Promote your ISO 22000 certification: Your certification demonstrates a commitment to internationally recognised best practices and continual improvement – helping you win new business and meet customer demands.


  • Does GFSI recognise ISO 22000?

    No, ISO 22000 is not recognised by the GFSI. However, FSSC 22000, BRCGS Food Safety, and SQF are all standards which are recognised by the GFSI.

  • What is the difference between ISO 22000 and FSSC 22000?

    ISO 22000 and FSSC 22000 are both international standards, designed to provide a food safety management system (FSMS). However, FSSC 22000 is recognised by GSFI. If your suppliers require you to be certified to a GFSI-recognised standard, then FSSC 22000 could be the most suitable for your organization because, in addition to GSFI, the scheme also uses ISO 22000 as the requirement for the management system.

  • Is a new version of ISO 22000 in development?

    The latest version of ISO 22000 was published in June 2018. Currently, there is no new version of ISO 22000 in development. However, the standard is reviewed every five years and may require changes based on market conditions.

Are you already certified to ISO 22000 and would like to transfer?

If you hold a valid accredited certificate of approval with another provider and you are considering making the move, transferring your ISO 22000 certification to LRQA is simple. We'll work with you to ensure your transfer is as smooth as possible.


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